Washington University in St. Louis is one of our founding charter members, providing us with one of the critical building blocks for our educational initiatives. It also offers us yet another tie to a community we connect to on many levels, from our continuing core support from Emily Rauh Pulitzer to the 30-plus years of reporting Executive Director Jon Sawyer provided to readers of the St. Louis Post Dispatch. This independent university is dedicated to challenging its faculty and students alike to seek new knowledge and greater understanding of an ever-changing, multicultural world. The university has played an integral role in the history and continuing growth of St. Louis and benefits in turn from the wide array of social, cultural and recreational opportunities offered by the metropolitan area to its more than 2.8 million residents.
We partner most directly with International and Area Studies (IAS), which offers an integrated, interdisciplinary approach to understanding global social, economic, political and cultural issues. Its curriculum, at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, emphasizes the importance of the humanities and social sciences, and aims to provide students with a solid base for understanding key international issues across geographic regions and academic disciplines. The program has particular strengths in East Asia, Europe, Latin America and Russia, but the interests of its students, faculty and coursework extend across the globe.
IAS is embarking on a multi-year focused program titled “Migration, Identity, State: Flows and Crisis in a Global Era.” This interdisciplinary endeavor draws on the research and support of the IAS faculty and undergraduate majors, faculty and graduate students in the wider Washington University community, and invited scholars and experts. Most significantly, this broadly interdisciplinary project aims to understand the factors that lead people to cross these borders and how this movement affects both them and their new hosts.